Rose relegated to bench

Earl Rose will be used as a substitute in the Golden Lions team to face the British & Irish tourists on Wednesday.

The Springbok squad will be announced on Monday evening, with coach Peter de Villiers stating last week that only those outside of the core group – expected to be 24 – will play for their provincial sides against the tourists.

De Villiers deemed Rose good enough to start at fullback against a Namibian XV on Friday, and he was later moved to flyhalf. Lions interim coach Hans Coetzee has preferred to use him off the bench, however, with Louis Ludik at 15.

Jano Vermaak also seems to be on the outer as he will start at Ellis Park with Ricky Januarie now confirmed as the second-choice Bok No 9. Januarie had another poor match on Friday that continues his terrible form this year.

Baywatch Grobbelaar returns to captain the team after missing the last six matches of the Super 14, while there are two surprises at lock. Former Bolander Brad Mockford and Willem Stoltz, who comes out of retirement, form the second-row pairing. Jannes Labuschagne and Gerhard Mostert are still injured.

UCT student Pieter Engelbrecht, who has been training with the squad, is left out of the 22.

Golden Lions 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jannie Boshoff, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Baywatch Grobbelaar (c), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Brad Mockford, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Lawrence Sephaka.
Subs: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Ernst Joubert, 19 Todd Clever, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Earl Rose.

By Grant Ball, in Johannesburg